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$200,000 in supplies distributed to schools in Palm Beach County

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Hundreds of Palm Beach County students will receive new, free school supplies next week through the annual Tools for Schools program.

For the 20th year, Red Apple Supplies, Palm Beach County’s free teacher resource store, has partnered with Publix Super Markets to distribute more than $201,000 in essential school supplies to teachers in 120 Title District schools. I.

Teachers and principals drove to the Red Apple supply store in Riviera Beach as early as 8 a.m. to pick up supplies from the volunteers, forming a line long enough to circle the building and continue down the street.

Volunteers loaded cars with supplies while others served hot chocolate and sweets.

Education Foundation President Jim Moore also served as the disc jockey for the event while a quartet of barbers serenaded drivers as they waited for supplies. Santa Claus even paid a visit to the event.

Palm Beach County Superintendent Michael Burke said the event was especially needed with one in five district students at the poverty line.

β€œIt goes a long way to ensuring kids have the supplies they need to stay in class,” Burke said.

Dwayne Dennard, Pahokee’s middle and high school superintendent, supported Burke’s comments, stressing the need for supplies.

Dwayne Dennard, Pahokee Middle and High School Director, explains the importance of free school supplies for his students.

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Dwayne Dennard, Pahokee Middle and High School Director, explains the importance of free school supplies for his students.

Dennard said 99% of students at his two schools benefit from a free or reduced lunch program, indicating significant financial need.

“Without these supplies, many of our children cannot reach their full potential,” Dennard said. “There are kids we’ve lost because we didn’t have those kinds of supplies. This is a great opportunity for parents and students with current inflation.”

Supplies distributed included everything from laptops to headphones and more.

Burke said the supplies will be distributed to students at the school next week.

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